Man somehow swallows entire phone and then needs doctors to remove it

[06-09-2021 02:13 PM]

Ammon News - Ever found yourself struggling to take a particularly stubborn vitamin tablet or painkiller?

No matter how many sips of water you try it with, it doesn’t seem to want to go down.

Well… At least one person doesn’t seem to have that problem.

He somehow managed to swallow an entire imitation Nokia 3310 phone.

Doctors in Kosovo had to help the unidentified 33-year-old man after the phone had become lodged in his stomach.

It was too large for him to digest, and put his life in danger as corrosive battery acid could have leaked out.

Skender Teljaku, who led the medical team, shared photos on Facebook of the phone after it was removed, as well as X-ray and endoscope images while it was still inside.

He managed to remove the foreign object without cutting into the stomach by taking it out in three pieces with endoscopy.

There were ‘no complications’, he said.

The phone is believed to be an L8STAR BM90, a model that is designed to look like a Nokia 3310 but is smaller.

According to local media, the man took himself to hospital in Pristina as he was in pain from swallowing the object.

According to the British Society of Gastroenterology, most foreign bodies people swallow pass spontaneously, but 10–20% of cases require endoscopic removal and up to 1% could require surgical extraction or treatment of a complication.

They said that coins, buttons, plastic items, batteries, and bones were common items that were swallowed when they shouldn’t be.

Nokia 3310 phones were first announced on September 1, 2000, as a successor to the popular 3210.


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